Chanson Spa Shower Filter Testimonial

We are pleased to share the following  Chanson Spa Shower Filter testimonial we recently received from a happy customer:

I recently purchased a home in Riverside county and did not realize that their tap water ranks #4 WORST in the country until it was too late! Fortunately I already have an ionizer but the unfiltered tap water was doing a number on my hair. I was shocked when it literally stripped red permanent dye within three washes (a hairdresser once told me that red is the hardest pigment to extract!) In addition, the water left my hair dull, dry, frizzy and unmanageable and gave me dandruff for the first time in years. I hadn’t changed any of my hair care products so I knew it was the water and that I had to do something about it fast. The Chanson Spa Shower Filter seemed like the perfect solution, so I ordered one and am pleased to share my results.
 
Installation took less than five minutes and required no tools. I instantly noticed an absence of the harsh chemical smell that had previously plagued the water. I was worried that the addition of the shower filter might negatively effect my water pressure since I already use an eco-friendly showerhead but if anything the water pressure seemed more powerful. The water temperature was also hotter at a lower setting, and I can only imagine it’s due to the FIR energy. When I was done washing, my hairbrush went through easier. And best of all, my hair has now been restored to it’s shiny, smooth, dandruff-free self!
 
Here’s what my hair looked like after air-drying and running a brush through it BEFORE installing the Chanson Spa Shower Filter:
 
Scary, right? I couldn’t leave the house without some serious damage-control. But here’s what it looks like after just four washes with the Chanson Spa Shower Filter and the same exact shampoo, conditioner, etc.:

-Christina M., Lake Elsinore, CA

Get your own Chanson Spa Shower Filter today to guard against the damaging effects of chlorine and its byproducts on skin and hair! Visit us at www.chansonwater.com for more information.

 

New Years Detox

Since overeating during the holidays has become commonplace and even “tradition”, most people naturally look to the new year as a fresh start and thus make resolutions to lose weight, quit bad habits like smoking, and start going to the gym.

Goal-setting/planning is the first step towards making positive changes for your health and we recommend that you consider a detox program to kick off the new year. A detox program can aid your body’s natural cleaning process by releasing excess toxins and wastes, improving circulation, and replenishing your supply of alkaline minerals.

There are many different detox methods that you can implement as well as time periods you can choose to do them for. We recommend that you consider the following suggestions and select the methods and time periods you feel are most realistic for you. Obviously the more methods you implement and the longer you do them for, the better your results may be, however taking on too much at once could be counterproductive if you fail to stick with them. We have heard of cleanses lasting anywhere from three days to three months, and people changing their diets for a lifetime or doing one-day-a-week fasts indefinitely.

A detox program can benefit virtually everyone, however if you have a health condition or are pregnant or nursing, you should discuss with your physician before starting any new eating or lifestyle program.

Here are some methods to naturally cleanse and detox your system:

Juice fasts

Fresh juice fasts (especially those high in greens) are a popular way to cleanse and alkalize the body. You can try starting every day with a glass of fresh juice, replace one meal a day with juice, or go all out and drink nothing but juice for weeks or months as Joe Cross did and inspired many others to do in the film “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.” We recommend cucumber-pear and kale-green apple as easy and cleansing duos, but keep in mind that the act of juicing even the most alkaline of fruits and vegetables creates a mildly acidic juice, therefore we recommed that you offset the acidity by diluting with 9.5 Chanson alkaline ionized water. You can juice your own if you own a juicer, or there are companies on the internet that you can order from which will deliver fresh juice to your door daily for the duration of your cleanse.

Hydrate with alkaline ionized water

Drinking Chanson alkaline ionized water is essential throughout any detox program because it helps to flush out the many toxins that will be stirred up and eliminated from fat stores and organs in your body like your lymphatic system and your kidneys. Ionized water is microclustered which means it penetrates cells deeper than traditional water and can thus flush them out more effectively. A Chanson water ionizer is a wonderful investment for overall day-to-day health, not just during a detox. You can also try one day a week “water fasts” where you drink nothing but Chanson ionized water to cleanse your system.

Liquid feasts

One of the reasons juice and water fasts are so effective is because they give your body a break from having to work so hard to break down your food for digestion. Therefore you can also try a liquid diet of blending or pureeing your food if you wish to consume more than just juice or water. Soups and smoothies are examples of liquid feast “dishes” you can try and are recommended by Dr. Robert O. Young in his book “The pH Miracle for Weight Loss.”

Cut the crap

When we consume unnatural foods, they can leave behind a dense residue in our cells, which can turn into excess weight, body odor, wrinkles, cellulite and premature aging. Therefore, sugar, artificial sweeteners, animal products, processed foods, and fried foods should be eliminated from your diet during a detox and reduced in general for overall health. For example, just because coffee, alcohol, milk and sodas are liquids does not mean that they are acceptable for a liquid feast. Likewise, ordering “fresh juice” off of a Jamba Juice menu is not going to have the desired effect due to the excess sugar their smoothies contain. Dairy products clog your system and are acidifying, so avoid yogurt also.

Eat raw

If you choose to incorporate some solid foods into your diet, then you should rely heavily on raw alkaline fruits and vegetables as snacks, starters and even meals. Raw foods are more nutrient-dense than cooked foods and their negative ionic charge is the opposite of the positive ionic charge of toxins in our cells. The fiber found in fruits and vegetables will also help with elimination as well. Consider munching on carrot, celery and bell pepper sticks dipped in hummus, salads with oil-based dressings, and fruits dipped in almond butter.

Colonics

According to Dr. Norman Walker, author of “Colon Health: The Key to a Vibrant Life”: “The elimination of undigested food and other waste products is equally important as the proper digestion and assimilation of food…the very best diets can be no better than the very worst if the sewage system of the colon is clogged with a collection of waste and corruption.” A colonic is a safe and effective method for cleansing the bowels and can be performed by a professional or done in the comfort of your own home with the use of a colema board as often as once a month. Without them, buildup in the bowels can lead to prevention of the absorption of water and nutrients, constipation, growth of harmful bacteria and yeast and autointoxication (when toxins are absorbed into the bloodstream through the colon wall).

Go green

While you’re working hard to watch what goes into and comes out of your body, don’t forget to keep an eye on the toxins you may be exposing yourself to externally. Virtually all chemical-based household cleaners and many personal beauty products like shampoos, deodorants and toothpastes are acidifying to the body and contain known carcinogens. Chanson ionized acidic water–the byproduct of a water ionizer–is an all-natural alternative to everything from mouthwash and facial toner to Windex and Lysol.

Exercise–the alkaline way

“Instead of hard exercise (which creates lactic acid), one should practice traditional Asian soft-style exercises such as yoga, Tai Chi, and Chi Gung on a daily basis throughout the duration of any detox program” according to Daniel Reid, author of “The Tao of Detox.” Don’t have the time and/or desire to learn traditional Asian exercises? Rebounding on a mini-trampoline can dramatically improve lymph flow while exercising every cell in the body, and walking, stretching and aerobic exercise also works well.

Pledge to be stress-free

When stress hormones are released into the system in large amounts, toxins are created and can slow down the detoxification enzymes in the liver. Negative emotions are also very damaging and should be minimized. Dr. Young has seen negative emotions have a more damaging effect on one’s alkalinity than the worst of foods, and world-renowned photographer Dr. Masaru Emoto has documented the effects of negative words on water crystals with pictures (this is important considering that we are about 70% water!)

Practice hydrotherapy

To increase circulation and help flush out toxins, try alternating a very hot shower for five minutes, with cold water for 30 seconds, for a series of three times in a row before wrapping in a towel and getting into bed for 30 minutes. But don’t try this before installing a Chanson Spa Shower Filter, which filters harmful chlorines and chloramines from the water which would otherwise be absorbed by your skin and lungs.

Sweat it out

One way toxins are released from the body is through perspiration, which is why most spas offer saunas and steam rooms. Infrared saunas are preferred as they can cause you to perspire more than twice as much, and if you are going to be using a steam room or wet sauna make sure it is using filtered water so that you are not inhaling the contaminants found in tap water.

Breathe deeply

“Deep breathing greatly enhances oxygenation of the blood and tissues, which helps neutralize acidosis and maintains a healthy alkaline environment inside the body” according to Reid. One of the main ways to move the lymph system is through breathing deeply, so try focusing on your breathing several times throughout the day.

Dry skin brushing

To increase lymph flow, you can use a natural bristle brush on dry skin by brushing in circular motions towards the heart. This will help your lymph system rid itself of the toxins that collect in the lymph glands and keep  the pores of the skin open.

We hope that you will find these detox suggestions helpful and will try to implement one or more of them this new year for better health.

DISCLAIMER: The author of this article is not a trained physician. This advice is not meant to replace that of a qualified physician. If you have a health condition or are pregnant or nursing, you should discuss with your physician before starting any new eating or lifestyle program.

9 Easy Alkaline Substitutions Anyone Can Make for Better Health

The idea of completely changing one’s eating habits to a whole foods, plant-based diet is overwhelming for most people despite the many proven health benefits that may result. Adding to the challenge may be unsupportive household family members who scoff at the idea of eggplant as a main dish for dinner or refuse to even try tofu. In an effort to help, we’ve created a list of nine small, easy, alkaline substitutes anyone can make to improve their alkalinity (some of which you can swap without the family even noticing!). Even if you never make it to the ideal 80% alkaline/20% acidic ratio, these slight changes will be beneficial to your health and won’t feel like much of a sacrifice (if at all).

1. Instead of Vegetable Oil try Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Corn oil, canola oil, safflower oil, and vegetable oil are refined oils that are not healthy and should be avoided and replaced with cold-pressed oils like extra virgin olive oil, grapeseed oil, flaxseed oil, coconut oil and hemp oils. Healthy fats are an important part of an alkaline diet and can be obtained through substituting healthy oils for the more mainstream unhealthy oils. All oils can create free radicals when heated, so we recommend using a small amount of water to steam fry your vegetables and then drizzling oil on top, making your own oil-based salad dressings and drizzling healthy oils on top of vegetable wraps.

2. Instead of Sugar or Artificial Sweeteners try Stevia

Sugar has been linked to cancer and artificial sweeteners are not only acidifying but carcinogenic. Swapping your sugar cubes with stevia, an all-natural sweetener derived from herbs, is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your family. According to Ray Kurzwell, author Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever: stevia is highly nutritious, lowers blood sugar in diabetics while regulating blood sugar in non-diabetics, lowers elevated blood pressure, kills bacteria that cause tooth decay, increases energy levels and mental activity, and reduces cravings for alcohol and tobacco. Other natural sugar alternatives: Chicory root, agave nectar.

3. Instead of Table Salt try Sea Salt

Our bodies contain about a pound of salt, and sodium is an alkaline mineral necessary for survival. But the refined iodized salt that sits on most dinner tables in America is completely unhealthy and the type of salt doctors are referring to when they advise patients to cut down on their salt intake. Refill your salt shaker with unrefined sea salt and sprinkle on top of wraps, soups and vegetables. Other alternatives: Celtic salt, Himalayan salt, Real salt.

4. Instead of Peanut Butter try Almond Butter

Peanuts are acidifying to the body and the moldiest, most undesirable peanuts are what is used to make peanut butter. Swap out your P.B. for it’s healthier cousin almond butter, and spread on sandwiches and use as a dip for pretzels, crackers, fruit, and to make smoothies creamier.

5. Instead of Cows Milk try Unsweetened Almond Milk

Cows milk and other dairy products are not only acidifying but contrary to popular belief they actually rob the body of calcium and create a putrid sludge that wreaks havoc on your digestive system. Dump your carton of cows milk and try unsweetened almond milk instead. It is a healthy, delicious, alkaline substitute for drinking, cooking, baking, creamer and making cereal. Other alternatives (buy unsweetened): Coconut milk, soy milk, goat milk, rice milk.

6. Instead of White Rice try Brown Rice

The complete milling and polishing that converts brown rice into white rice destroys 67% of the vitamin B3, 80% of the vitamin B1, 90% of the vitamin B6, half of the manganese, half of the phosphorus, 60% of the iron, and all of the dietary fiber and essential fatty acids. Fully milled and polished white rice is required to be artificially “enriched” with vitamins B1, B3 and iron. Clearly, brown rice is the nutritional winner over white rice. Other alternatives: Basmati rice, quinoa, jasmine rice, wild rice.

7. Instead of Soy Sauce try Bragg Liquid Aminos

Soy sauce is fermented and acidic. A great substitute is Bragg Liquid Aminos, which is a liquid protein concentrate derived from healthy soybeans, which contains 18 essential and non-essential amino acids in naturally occurring amounts, is not fermented or heated and is gluten-free.

8. Instead of Spaghetti try Soba Noodles

Most pastas are made with refined starches that lack nutritional value. Try swapping your spaghetti for soba noodles, tofu noodles, gluten-free pasta, whole wheat pasta or spaghetti squash. You can also try making your own pasta sauce from scratch instead of using pre-packaged sauces which tend to contain sugar and preservatives.

9. Instead of Bottled Water try Alkaline Ionized Water

Not all waters are created equal. Most bottled waters, along with distilled and reverse osmosis waters are actually acidic. Tap water is regulated by the government to be at least a 7 pH which is neutral on the alkaline scale, but is littered with contaminants. Therefore your best option is alkaline ionized water from a Chanson water ionizer which you can hook up to your tap. The water is pre-filtered and microclustered, resulting in better tasting water with a smoother feel that doesn’t cause bloating. It is also rich in antioxidants and able to hydrate and detoxify better than standard water due to its smaller water molecule size. Being properly hydrated is the key to overall wellness and you will not regret the switch from bottled water to ionized alkaline water.

14 Common Health Misconceptions

Here we will debunk several food, drink and lifestyle myths as they relate to overall health. Some information may shock you, but overall we hope that what you learn will inspire you to make changes in your everyday life and diet and better your health.

Top 14 Food, Drink and Lifestyle Misconceptions:

1. Milk is the best source of calcium for your body, particularly your bones

This is probably the most widely believed health myth of all, and we encourage you to share what you are about to read with others. Studies have actually found a link between high dairy consumption and osteoporosis. Why? Because like all animal protein, milk acidifies the body’s pH which in turn triggers a biological correction. The calcium in the milk itself is rendered useless because it combines with phosphorus (also in milk) which blocks the absorption of calcium. Calcium from our bones is used to neutralize the acidifying effect of milk. Once calcium is pulled out of the bones it leaves the body via urine, so the surprising net result is an actual calcium deficit after drinking milk. For more information, please read our article: Forget Milk. Got Chanson Ionized Water?

2. Meat is the best source of protein, and vegans/vegetarians don’t get enough protein since they don’t eat meat

The truth is, the average American gets approximately 50% more protein than needed or recommended. Unlike certain vitamins that our bodies can store and use at a later time, the body has no means of storing excess protein, and it ends up putting a strain on the liver and the kidneys. Next to water, protein is the main substance in plant and animal cells, with the exception of fat cells. Unlike animal protein, plants can manufacture all amino acids from nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and other chemicals through photosynthesis, while meat only contains some of them. Animal protein production requires more than eight times as much fossil-fuel energy than production of plant protein.

According to Dr. Howard Murad, “There are many benefits to eating vegetable protein food as opposed to animal sources of protein. Vegetable proteins contain no cholesterol or saturated fat and in many cases also provide a good source of dietary fiber.”

3. Bottled water and reverse osmosis water is good for you

The process known as reverse osmosis rids tap water of most nasty toxins, contaminants and bacteria, but it also strips it of valuable minerals, rendering it acidic which actually causes the body to rob itself of minerals to offset the unnatural imbalance. Most bottled waters are just tap water which have been run through a reverse osmosis system and have an acidic pH which means they can actually be dehydrating! Although bottled waters are the lesser evil when it comes to selecting a pre-packaged beverage as they do not contain sweeteners, preservatives and artificial ingredients which would make them even more acidic, the healthiest and most hydrating drink of all is alkaline ionized water.

4. Diet soda is healthier than regular soda

Soda is one of the most acidic things you can consume with an average pH of 2.5. The artificial sweeteners in diet soda have an even worse effect on the body than regular sugar. Aspartame (found in NutraSweet and Equal) is considered neurotoxic, allergenic, and carcicongenic according to Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy. Eliminating all sodas and artificial sweeteners from your household is one of the best things you can do for you and your family. We recommend an all-natural sweetener called Stevia as a healthy alternative.

5. If I was dehydrated, I would know it by extreme thirst

The truth is that 75% of Americans are dehydrated and most don’t even know it! Our thirst mechanism is extremely weak and does not kick in until the body is already dehydrated. Common signs of dehydration include headaches, dry skin, dark urine, dry mouth, fatigue and nausea. Also, when we feel hungry, sometimes we are actually thirsty instead of hungry but for whatever reason our bodies can’t tell the difference. Water plays many essential roles in the body, including digesting food, carrying waste products out of the body, providing a medium in which biochemical reactions such as metabolism occur, sending electrical messages between cells, regulating body temperature and lubricating joints so it’s important to get enough. Try upping your water intake to a minimum of half your weight in ounces (more if you are athletic or highly active), and try drinking a glass of water the next time you feel hungry to see if that takes the edge off.

6. Sports drinks are ideal for athletes and during workouts

The truth is, the leading sports drink has a pH of only 2.95, making it MORE ACIDIC than Red Bull and Diet Coke! When you consume sports drinks, your body leeches alkaline minerals from the body to neutralize them; particularly calcium from bones and magnesium from muscles–two of the most easily and frequently injured areas of an athlete’s body. Thus, drinking sports drinks may actually weaken the body and make it more prone to injury! In addition, the leading sports drink has a positive Oxygen Reduction Potential (ORP) of 318, which means it contains free radicals which actually DESTROY cells!
7. 100% fruit juice drinks and Jamba Juice smoothies are healthy

Even 100% fruit juice has a high, concentrated sugar content which slows fluid absorption, and the acids in the juice may cause stomach upset. Some falsely believe that sugar derived from fruits it is acceptable, however your body doesn’t know the difference and converts sugar into alcohol. Try diluting fruit juice with alkaline ionized water to reduce the sugar intake and offset the acidity and to wean children off of fruit juice.

One Jamba Juice smoothie contains more sugar than the USDA recommends we  consume in an entire day. A “Jamba Light” (their low-cal solution) is made with Splenda (sucralose). Self-reported adverse reactions to Splenda or sucralose collected by the Sucralose Toxicity Information Center include: skin rashes/flushing, panic-like agitation, dizziness and numbness, diarrhea, swelling, muscle aches, headaches, intestinal cramping, bladder issues, and stomach pain and is believed to be a possible migraine trigger. Try making your own fruit smoothies at home with low-sugar fruits and coconut or almond milk for an occasional treat.

8. I don’t have to buy organic produce–I can just wash off the pesticides with tap water

Unfiltered tap water is littered with contaminants, chemicals, toxins, bacteria and even pesticides and antibiotics. Rinsing your produce with unfiltered tap water is like bathing in a muddy puddle–while you may get some of bacteria off, you are more likely to actually pick up extra contaminants. A better solution is to buy organic and soak produce in 9.5 alkaline water for 10 minutes which will not only cleanse the food but enhance the flavor and temporarily give it a negative ORP, which creates antioxidants. The most pesticide-ridden produce that should always be bought organic include peaches, spinach, apples, celery, strawberries, imported nectarines, imported grapes, sweet bell peppers, potatoes, blueberries, lettuce and kale.

9. “No pain, no gain” is the right motto when it comes to exercise

Pain during and after exercise is usually a result of lactic acid production, which is toxic and acidifying to the body and thus counterproductive to health. Rather than pushing the body to exhaustion or inflicting pain on the muscles and joints, you should practice aerobic exercises like walking, jogging or rebounding (jumping on a mini trampoline) or static exercises like yoga, pilates, stretching and pain-free weight-training which are all alkaline-forming. The two most important things to remember are that you need to break a sweat without being so out-of-breath that you can’t carry on a conversation while exercising, and that if you start to feel pain ease up on whatever you are doing (for example, if you are jogging, resume walking until the pain subsides). Drinking Chanson alkaline ionized water during exercise is believed by many athletes to support a faster recovery time.

10. Everyone should get a flu shot annually

According to Dr. J. Anthony Morris, the former Chief Vaccine Control Officer at the FDA, “There is no evidence that any influenza vaccine, thus far developed, is effective in preventing or mitigating any attack of influenza.” Flu shot ingredients include toxins such as ethylene glycol (a.k.a. antifreeze), formaldehyde, aluminum and thimerosol (a form of mercury). Thimerosol has been banned in all childhood vaccinations in the United States, yet it still remains in the influenza vaccine today. Boost your immune system with alkalizing foods and ionized alkaline water this flu season instead of injecting yourself and your loved ones with toxic chemicals.

11. Anyone who thinks their “stuff doesn’t stink” is merely suck up

Pungent, odorous feces and gas are actually symptoms of an acidic body, which is unnatural and unhealthy. The sad truth is that as over-consumers of highly acidic foods like meat, dairy, and carbs, we’ve just learned to live with the stinky consequences and accept them as an unavoidable reality. But, adopting an alkalarian diet of fresh vegetables, fruits and alkaline water creates an internal alkaline environment which is the opposite of acidic, and thus odorless feces! So if someone were to ask us if we thought our stuff didn’t stink, we could proudly reply “Yep!”

12. Once you develop an allergy, there’s no way to get rid of it, you can only control it with antihistamines

According Dr. Robert O. Young, author of The pH Miracle: “Allergies are 100% reversible with an alkaline diet and lifestyle.” Antihistamines are acid-forming and can cause dehydration, but allergies can be treated by increased water intake, because hydrating the body inhibits the excess production and release of histamine. Mucus traps allergens in, and alkaline ionized water (which is more hydrating than regular water and can penetrate cells deeper) helps flush out mucus.

Dr. F. Batmanghelidj states, “This demonstration of water to histamine has been demonstrated in several animal experiments. It is now physiologically apparent that water by itself has very strong antihistaminic properties.” So instead of reaching for an acidifying antihistamine this allergy season, reach for a glass of alkaline ionized water instead.

13. Radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery are the best solutions for cancer

In the book The Hidden Truth of Cancer, Dr. Keiichi Morishita says, “Modern medicine in America treats malignant (cancer) cells as if they were bacteria or viruses. It uses chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery to treat cancer. Yet none of these treatments will help very much, if after all of that, the acidic environment remains. Drinking water that has a high alkaline pH, because of its de-acidifying effect, will help in preventing cancer. In Asia, alkaline water is regularly served to patients, and is considered a regular part of treatment.”

Studies have shown that chemotherapy, radiation and surgery are usually only effective with some of the more rare types of cancer, and that an alkaline diet of fruits and vegetables can have miraculous healing and preventative effects. For more information, we recommend the films “Healing Cancer from Inside Out” and “Cancer is Curable NOW.

14. I could never adopt a vegan, vegetarian or raw food diet because it’s “too hard”

Joe Cross went on 60 day juice fast while driving across America with a juicer in the back of his car and inspired many to try a juice fast in the documentary “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.” Thousands of people have quit eating meat, dairy, animal products and/or the use of heat to prepare their food and never looked back, or sustained their diet for a period of their choosing. Presumably all achieved some variation of positive health results through these even temporary dietary changes.

Here’s a secret–processed foods are designed to make you crave more of them, and when you eliminate them from your diet you will find that you no longer crave them the way you used to! In fact, you will start to crave healthy foods because your body will adapt. The beginning of a diet is always the hardest as your body is thrown into detox mode and has not learned to release those cravings and will initially be confused as to where all the things like sugar have gone and cry out for them. Therefore you should be prepared and motivated, or try to ease into it. Even reducing the amount of animal products, processed foods, sugary drinks and cooked foods you consume has benefits. For example, you could start by replacing soda with alkaline ionized water, cow’s milk with almond milk, and adopting “Meatless Mondays.” You are ultimately in control of your health and if we can do it, so can you.

For more on the benefits of alkaline ionized water, visit www.chansonwater.com.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only. The author of this article is not a medically trained physician; therefore, any theories or suggestions put forward are intended to supplement and not replace the advice of medically or legally trained professionals.

Thanksgiving May Mean Significant Dose of BPA for Families Using Canned Foods, New Report Says

The Breast Cancer Fund Calls on Manufacturers to Replace Toxic Chemical with Safer Alternative

A new report released by the Breast Cancer Fund documents the presence of the toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in canned foods used to prepare a typical Thanksgiving meal.

The report, “BPA in Thanksgiving Canned Food,” tested Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup, Campbell’s Turkey Gravy, Carnation Evaporated Milk (by Nestle), Del Monte Fresh Cut Sweet Corn (Cream Style), Green Giant Cut Green Beans (by General Mills), Libby’s Pumpkin (by Nestle), and Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce. Single servings of almost half of the products tested had levels of BPA comparable to levels that laboratory studies have linked to adverse health effects.

“Preparing your Thanksgiving dinner with these products can deliver a concerning level of BPA,” said Jeanne Rizzo, president and CEO of the Breast Cancer Fund. “How many more Thanksgivings will families have to worry about this uninvited guest before manufacturers finally decide to take it out of cans?”

BPA is used to make, among other things, the epoxy-resin linings of metal food cans. The lining forms a barrier between the metal and the food which helps to prevent bacterial contamination. However, the toxic chemical can leach from the resin and make its way into food. BPA has been linked in laboratory studies to adverse health effects such as breast and prostate cancer, infertility, early puberty in girls, type-2 diabetes, obesity and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

For this report, the Breast Cancer Fund sent 28 canned food items—four cans of each product tested—to Anresco Laboratories, an independent testing laboratory in San Francisco. The testing revealed tremendous variability among cans of the same product made by the same company, which is consistent with other product testing data. For instance, BPA levels in Del Monte creamed corn ranged from non-detectable to 221 parts per billion, and levels in Campbell’s Turkey Gravy ranged from 5 to 125 ppb. According to scientists at the Breast Cancer Fund, these inconsistencies might be explained by variations in the canning processes across facilities and batches, as well as storage and transportation conditions.

“Consumers have no way of assessing BPA levels just by looking at cans on supermarket shelves,” said Gretchen Lee Salter, policy manager at the Breast Cancer Fund. “The findings of this report highlight the urgent need to remove BPA from food packaging so that shoppers can be confident that the food they are purchasing is safe for their families—not only on Thanksgiving, but every day.”

The tests detected no BPA in any of the four cans of Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce. The company has stated that while it does use BPA in its cans, independent tests also indicate no leaching of BPA into the food.

“We know from recent research that a BPA meal creates a spike of this estrogenic chemical in the blood,” said William Goodson, M.D., a breast cancer surgeon and senior clinical research scientist at California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute, who in September published a study showing that BPA causes non-cancerous cells to grow and survive like cancer cells. “Natural hormones work by spikes, so this is exactly what you don’t want, especially in young kids, who shouldn’t have any estrogenic spikes at all.”

As part of the Breast Cancer Fund’s Cans Not Cancer campaign, consumers have sent more than 50,000 letters to canned food manufacturers urging them to get BPA out of canned foods and replaced with a safer alternative, and many are beginning to pay attention. A number of companies including some of the can manufacturers featured in this report, such as General Mills and Nestle, have announced that they are working toward alternatives to BPA in canned foods. However, not all of the manufacturers are disclosing the alternative they are exploring. It is imperative that manufacturers are transparent about these alternatives and ensure they are safe.

At the public policy level, 11 states have banned BPA from baby bottles and sippy cups, and three of those states have also banned it from infant formula and baby food. The Breast Cancer Fund is also supporting pending federal legislation authored by Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., that would ban BPA from all food and beverage containers including canned foods.

Visit www.breastcancerfund.org/thanksgiving for the full report and Myths and Facts about BPA in Canned Foods, combating the common industry arguments in favor of BPA.

For our suggestions on how to prepare a more alkaline and BPA-free holiday meal click here.

Chanson Water recognizes the importance of keeping BPA out of not just food but our water as well, which is why were a pleased to offer a BPA-Free Water Bottle.

For more information on the importance of living a healthy alkaline lifestyle, visit our web site at www.chansonwater.com.

Holiday Referral Campaign

Give the gift of health for the holidays and get paid for it!
 
From now until December 12th, 2011 anyone who refers a family member or friend who ends up purchasing a Chanson water ionizer will receive a check for $100.00 direct from Chanson. Please only submit names of people you know are interested in a water ionizer and we will contact them. Please also be sure to let the people you are referring know that you have given their name and number to us and to expect our call.
 
We hope everyone is aware of the great and easy financing program we offer though Med Line Financing where you can get a Chanson ionizer for nothing down and low monthly payments. The credit application can be found on www.chansonwater.com and all of our product pages.

The best part about all this is when your friend or loved one gets their Chanson ionizer it will be because of you and the health results they achieve will be because you initiated their purchase of the ionizer.

Please submit the name(s) and number(s) of your referral(s) to info@chansonwater.com with the subject line “Holiday Referral Campaign” along with your name and address. Commission checks will be mailed out upon the completion of our 60-day return period for the ionizer sold to your referral(s).

Any questions? Please email info@chansonwater.com or comment on this post.